Distributor:  The Fanlight Collection
Length:  57 minutes
Date:  1994
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Color
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Untold Desires

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Men and women with disabilities speak candidly and often humorously about their sexuality and their struggle to be recognized as sexual beings.

Untold Desires

From Oscar-winning producer Eva Orner (Taxi to the Dark Side), this powerful, unusual documentary gives voice to people with disabilities who are struggling to be recognized as sexual beings, free to explore their sexuality and to lead sexually fulfilling lives. More than ten years after its first screening the film still has the power to confront audiences with its uncompromising message that the sexuality of people with disabilities is as diverse as that of the rest of the population.

An intriguing variety of men and women speak candidly and often humorously about their search, discussing gender identity, choice, privacy, pleasure, prejudice, and their right to affirming relationships which may also include the right to have children. There are stories of how conservative and repressive some caregivers and health professional can be when confronting their clients' sexuality. Others speak of the ambivalent attitudes of family and friends about their need to take emotional risks.

Untold Desires confronts common stereotypes, instead offering positive and appealing images for people with disabilities, affirming that they can be outspoken, intelligent and sexy. It is thought-provoking and challenging viewing for those whose lives are untouched by disability, and addresses issues which non-disabled people too may encounter at points in their lives.

'A frank, challenging and exhilarating examination of sexuality.' -The Age


** Best Television Documentary, AFI
** Most Outstanding Documentary, Logie Awards
** Best Documentary, International Human Rights Awards
** Best Documentary, Australian Film Institute Awards
** Silver Medal, Prix Leonardo, Italy


Main credits

Orner, Eva (film producer)
Stephens, Sarah (screenwriter)
Stephens, Sarah (film director)

Other credits

Director of photography, Peter Falk; editor, Zbigniew Friedrich; music, John Phillips and David Bridie.

Distributor credits

Eva Orner and Sarah Stephens

Eva Orner and Sarah Stephens

Docuseek2 subjects

Gender and Sexuality

Distributor subjects

Access, Rights and Realities
Developmental Disabilities
Family Relations
Fanlight Collection
Human Sexuality
Men and Women / Gender Issues


Film; Video; Documentary; DVD; Eva Orner; Oscar; Disabled ; Disabilities; Diasbled Person; Person with Disabilities; Sex; Sexuality; Gender; Gender Identity; Intercourse; homosexual; homosexuality; gay; lesbian; sexual identity; ethics; ethical; moral; morality; social policy; social issues; "Untold Desires"; The Fanlight Collection

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